Liverpool have the chance to dent Manchester City’s Premier League title dreams already by defeating them at their own Etihad Stadium. They weren’t at their ruthless best today and instead had to settle for a 1-1 draw to split the points. The Reds started the game in dominant fashion and found the lead in the 13th minute through Mo Salah’s wonderful penalty.
Liverpool continued to press City with their excellent counter-attacks, but were made to pay for not being able to put away the chances as Gabriel Jesus toe-poked in an equalizer in the 31st-minute. City were then awarded a penalty a few minutes later for Joe Gomez’s unfortunate hand-ball, but Kevin de Bruyne fluffed his lines to botch the chance to put them in the lead!
The second half was quite cagey with none of the sides able to get the win and they eventually had to settle for a draw in a wet, ugly afternoon in Manchester. The Reds are unable to get back to the top of the table, but will probably be happy to go away with a point.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Man City
Jurgen Klopp (6.0) –
A very gutsy move from Klopp to go with such an attacking side and play both Firmino+Jota together. His decision to hit City on the counter-attack worked really work until the hour-mark, but unfortunately his players couldn’t put in the final touches.
But Klopp saw his side get dominated due to the lack of proper midfielder through the middle. His subs didn’t particularly work well either and he’ll probably take the point in the end. Will be frustrated to see his injury problems mount with Alexander-Arnold’s knock.
Alisson (6.5) –
The big Brazilian goalie makes an excellent stop to deny Sterling from a 1v1 situation in the 25th. He’ll take the credit for De Bruyne pen miss because of his intimidating movement! Made some solid saves afterwards and showcased excellent presence in collecting every cross or lobbed pass.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.0) –
Great start to the game for TAA, as he sends in a brilliant defence-splitting pass to send Firmino through on goal. But his defensive vulnerabilities cost LFC again, as he couldn’t anticipate Jesus’ turn and allowed him the shot leading to the equalizer.
Almost makes up with a brilliant shot in the 43rd which almost went through Ederson, only to be saved by the smallest margins. Then blasts a curling free-kick barely over before half-time. Seemingly overworked himself and pulled a hamstring after the hour-mark, forcing a worrying substitution.
Joel Matip (6.5) –
The big centre-back has returned after an injury problem. Looks quite proactive at the back, but couldn’t react fast enough to deny Jesus the shooting chance. Booked early in the second half for clattering De Bruyne with a strong challenge. Added that bit of aggression Liverpool needed to intimidate the City attackers and put in a tenacious shift at the back.
Joe Gomez (7.0) –
Gomez is playing with his 4th defensive partner in the last 4 PL games today. Quite crazy! Bit clumsy from him to blocking the cross with his hands, but lucky to see it bailed out with KDB’s miss. Almost cost LFC again in the 55th after completely losing track of Jesus to allow him a free header, only to see him fortunately miss.
Apart from those two incidents, Gomez was superb. Made some terrific clutch interventions to deny City opportunities and looked very composed under pressure.
Andy Robertson (7.5) –
Robbo was uncharacteristically quiet in the first-half when it came to romping forward, only making a smart pass to send Mane through to earn the penalty. Instead, he’s being more defensive to nullify Ferran Torres’ threat. But rediscovered his fire in the second half, making a brilliant overlap and sending in a great cross in the 48th – but nobody could capitalize on it.
He was absolutely solid under pressure, thwarting whatever City threw down his flank and making some brilliant challenges to recover possession. Dominated things on his side.
Jordan Henderson (7.0) –
Hendo’s being a bit overwhelmed by the superior numbers in midfield but working very hard to close down every bit of space in midfield. He did really well to look De Bruyne look poor, closing down his chance to dictate things in the middle. Ensured that his side didn’t buckle under the pressure in the rain and helped reap out a point eventually.
Gini Wijnaldum (6.5) –
Gini almost gifted City the equalizer in the 25th when he allowed City to steal away the ball from him in a vulnerable position, but was bailed out by Alisson’s heroics. After that, however, Gini roared into life to act as LFC’s midfield engine. Made some key interceptions and recovered possession many times, while also carrying the ball forward well.
Diogo Jota (4.5) –
A well-deserved start for Jota after his excellent goal-scoring form as of late. Got a great chance to whip a shot on goal in the 35th, but botched a weak attempt straight at Ederson. Almost capitalized on Ederson’s mini-error from Alexander-Arnold’s shot, but couldn’t toe-poke the ball in from inches away.
Gets another big chance in the 50th from a promising position inside the box, but his frail shot is comfortably saved. Did not have his goal-scoring shoes on today and not as impactful as the last few games either.
Sadio Mane (7.0) –
Mane’s movement tormented Walker from the get-go and he cleverly earned Liverpool the penalty by attracting the silly foul from the City man in the 10th. Getting the better off Walker with almost all his forward runs, but lacking that cutting-edge with his final delivery.
He kept on terrorizing the City defenders with his unpredictable movement and created a few audacious chances, but lacked that extra spark to get the winner.
Roberto Firmino (4.5) –
A very interesting role in midfield for Bobby today. Got in behind the City defence in the 1st minute but unable to scoop around Ederson to put the finishing touches. Still a bit sloppy with his work inside the box, wasting some chances in the first half. Wasted a number of promising chances and subbed before the hour-mark after another disappointing showing.
Mo Salah (7.0) –
Salah makes no mistake from the spot, slotting in a perfect penalty to put his side in the lead! Looks extremely dangerous on the counter but struggling to put in the final touches. He worked very hard and troubled City’s centre-backs with his movement, but couldn’t really carve out any chance for himself. Created a few nice chances but unable to break City’s hearts at their own yard.
Xherdan Shaqiri (6.0) –
Shaqiri set-up the winner for Liverpool last week. Can he do the same today? Did put in a few nice crosses but unable to make the difference.
James Milner (6.5) –
Mr. Versatility slotted in as a right-back effortlessly and embarrassed Sterling in his cameo. Did not allow anything through his side, making clever challenges and worked his socks off to help his side get the win.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Robertson was brilliant defensively, nullifying City’s threat through his side and pretty good going forward too – influencing Salah’s penalty. He worked the hardest among any LFC player and deserves the MOTM today.